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Medication (Sell-by Dates)

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are taken by pharmacies in Northern Ireland to ensure that (a) over-the-counter drugs, (b) alternative medicines and (c) prescription medicines are all within their sell by dates; and if he will make a statement. (75475)

A pharmacist is required to conform to all the legal controls pertaining to the quality, safety and efficacy of medicines, whether prescription or over- the-counter. In addition his/her professional standards of ethics and practice require him/her to ensure that dispensed products are in date.

This is also the case in relation to homeopathic or herbal medicines. However, many alternative therapies are not licensed medicines and are, therefore, subject to the laws governing foods.